A Magnificent Odyssey
This book is a story about an Irish family living in County Antrim during the second half of the eighteenth century. They are ordinary people who love their God, love their country, love their family, love their neighbors and love the land.
Andrew and Anthony Hamill are the youngest sons of a well-established Presbyterian farming family who lived in the Bushmills area of Antrim. They both choose not to take up the land and farm in the Hamill tradition. One goes to Belfast to learn the white trade'. The other follows his mother's religion and enters a Catholic seminary, but later abandons his calling and returns to Belfast to join his brother at Lally's Linen Mill.
After a tragedy at the mill, Anthony gives up the white trade and returns to the land. He marries, takes a lease in Ballyclare and sets out to establish his homestead. Anthony and Margaret operate a successful farm, raise their family, create lasting friendships and strive to deal with the bloody conflicts in Ireland during the last decade of the eighteenth century.
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